Metro Retail Stores Group in the Philippines has reported a 21.5-per-cent growth in income to US$20.80 million (Php1.06 billion) last year.
The growth was driven mainly by an 11.3-per-cent increase in sales to $722.31 million (Php36.8 billion) with operating expenses rising by a lesser rate of 9.3 per cent.
Additional insurance recoveries relating to a serious fire the previous year saw non-core income increase by $4.29 million (Php218.7 million), offset by the net impact of the new PFRS 16 accounting standard of $7.13 million (Php363.7 million).
Metro Retail Stores’ operating income as well as net income would have increased by 13.7 per cent and 18.0 per cent respectively excluding the impact of PFRS16.
The firm says that increasing its store network to serve emerging cities and municipalities in Visayas, Central Luzon and the Bicol region was vital to the home-grown retailer’s strong performance.
In 2018, the company recorded a 1.2-per-cent drop in net income due to the closure of a hypermarket and the temporary suspension of a supermarket following a fire, along with other factors.
Metro Retail Stores Group is owned by the Gaisano family based in Mandaue City, Cebu. It has 53 department stores and hypermarkets in the Visayas Region.
The company’s supermarkets, hypermarkets and pharmacies are all continuing to trade to provide much-needed basic goods and services as the Philippines struggles with the Covid-19 outbreak.